We have already talked about diamond clarity and how can be determined using diamond clarity scale. However, if you would like to learn more about diamond clarity scale and understand the traditional scales as well as the industry standard verbal descriptors, you may want to read this article. It will also make it easier for you not just to understand diamond clarity scale but also to determine the value of jewelry which you are purchasing, as it may truly be regarded as an investment.
Clarity Grades Explained
In the following sections, we will explain clarity grades which are often on the list of the best guides, so that you may become better at determining the value and the clarity grade and understanding these qualities in a diamond.
AGS 0 – Flawless or Internally Flawless
Flawless diamonds are rare to find. Those are diamonds that have no blemishes or inclusions which are desirable under 10x magnification. It is allowed for these diamonds to have only a minor blemishes, but these should be restricted only to the surface of the diamond.
AGS 1 or 2: VVS
A diamond with this clarity grade has minuscule inclusions that are very difficult to see even for a skilled grader using 10x magnification.
AGS 5, 6, or 7: SI
The diamonds of this category have noticeable inclusions which are fairly easily spotted under 10x magnification. Sometimes these inclusions can also be visible with the naked eye. Then diamonds are referred to as Slightly Included diamonds, and the clarity grades worsen as the number rises.
AGS 7, 8, 9, or 10: I
The I stands for Included diamond. Included diamonds have a clarity grade 7, 8, 9, or 10, which means that the inclusions and blemishes are obvious under 10x magnification. Often these blemishes and inclusions can also be seen with the naked eye. As the quality of the diamond decreases with lower clarities, it also has an effect on the diamond’s durability.
As it has been mentioned, inclusions and blemishes are looked at in a diamond when determining diamond clarity. However, there are also graving factors which are used to to establish the clarity grade. The size of the inclusions has a great role in grading because it also has an impact on the durability of the stone. The nature of the inclusion is also graded and does inclusions that do not penetrate too deep into the stone are often called blemishes. Blemishes do not have a serious impact on the durability of the stone, as it may be the case with deeper inclusions. The number of inclusions also lowers the clarity grade.